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. michelle kosinski, nbc news, pretoria, south africa. >>> former congressman jesse jackson jr. was for years considered a rising bright light among democrats in congress with a famous family name. but today he and his wife were in tears in a federal courtroom, pleading guilty to serious crimes involving campaign money. both of them now face possible prison time. our report from our justice correspondent, pete williams. >> reporter: for jesse jackson jr., the walk into the courthouse was the end of a slow-motion fall from grace. he told a federal judge, for years i have lived off my campaign. admitting that he took money received in political contributions and used it to make more than 3,000 separate purchases for himself and his wife over the past seven years. a $43,000 gold watch. $19,000 for one of michael jackson's guitars. $16,000 for a pair of elk heads. tens of thousands more in furnishings for their homes in washington and chicago. total value, $750,000. >> jesse jackson jr. had the drive, the ability and the talent to be the voice of a new generation. but he squandered that talent. >
with a soft drink company. in the '80s, michael jackson teamed up with pepsi. ♪ you're the pepsi generation >> reporter: more recently, so did pink and britney spears, laying the foundation for beyonce's reported $50 million deal with the cola company. ♪ you belong with me >> reporter: some marketing experts say swift is different. appealing to a younger crowd. >> michael jackson, beyonce, they've never put themselves out there as the positive dream, that you can do it if you try, there's no need to cheat, wholesome attitude and mentality that taylor swift projects. >> reporter: swift may be under fire, but she remains widely popular, giving new meaning to the name "pop princess." ♪ >> reporter: for "today," nbc news, los angeles. >>> up next, speaking of singers, we'll take a look at -- or listen actually, why so many people, even the professionals, have such a tough time with our anthem. we're just looking, right? of course. this is the leo diamond. [ woman ] wow. [ man ] it's the first diamond ever independently certified to be visibly brighter. it's perfect. it even fits. that's bec
. >>> jesse jackson waived his right to trial admitting he used $750,000 for campaign funds for personal use. his wife also plead guilty. jackson will be face sentenced in june. he faces up to 50 years in prison and a fine. his wife faces two year and fine. >>> disgraced lance armstrong will not attend the anti-doping agency. the group that stripped him of his title. wednesday was the last day to cooperate. the only way he could lift his life-long ban from competitive sports. the cyclist refused. >>> the case from the same-sex marriage could get a boost from the president. he could overturn california's ban on gay marriage. the commander in chief has until the end of the month to intervene in the case. >>> and this nifty trick shot had draws dropping in kuwait. when it looked like it was out of reach. he reached behind his back, you city in slow motion. his stunned opponents could do nothing but applaud. got to give it up -- wow. that's like the fourth gump shot, right? >> that's right. >> any expert in sports can appreciate that one. >> i like that. i like ping-pong. how about a quick check
briefly kept two bears of pets on the white house lawn? >> thomas jefferson, james monroe, andrew jackson, chester arthur. >> james monroe. >> jackson. >> you can't give two answers. what is that? >> thomas jefferson. >> they win. >> congratulations. >> the old guys. >> leonard cooper, thanks. >>> coming up live, when to call it quits in your relationship. but first these messages. [ male announcer ] this is bob, a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not caused by a heart valve problem, that doesn't require routine blood monitoring. like warfarin, xarelto® is proven effective to reduce the ris
, it's just -- to me, i'm from houston, texas, well, lake jackson, just south of that and it reminds of, like, hurricane evacuations when we have no power, like, katrina in the dome except it's afloat. >> have there been days where you haven't gotten to eat at all? >> there have not been days where we haven't gotten to eat but, like, the food -- it's basically bread is what you get. and there are sandwiches, like, maybe a thin slice of tomato with some mayonnaise, by the time we get there. but, you know, however, the good thing i have to say the cruise has been phenomenal. they have tried to do the best they possibly can, but the leadership, oh, my gosh, like, they'll tell us one thing, you know, for example, you know, a tugboat was supposed to come once that first evening. well, we sat on the water for two days with nothing and, you know, the seas were really high. in fact, that night my friends and i we slept in our lifeboats in our bed and i truly, truly, truly thought the boat was going to tip over because it slants at, like, a 45-degree angle one day, and then the next day it's to
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